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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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Sun Microsystems’ law firms are threatened by cull

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Democrats win bulk of law firm cash

US lawyers and their law firms have emerged as generous supporters of the Democrats in the party’s US presidential race, contributing almost $70m (£38.4m) to John Kerry’s bid for the White House. Figures released by the Centre for Responsive Politics reveal that US law firms have so far donated a total of almost $100m (£54.9m) […]

Halliwells seals LCL Law takeover

North West firm Halliwells last week finalised the takeover of niche insolvency practice LCL Law’s Manchester office. Duncan Haymes, who left Hammonds just two years ago to help set up LCL Law, is joining Halliwells as a partner, bringing with him associate Dominic Vincent. Halliwells approached Haymes four months ago to discuss acquiring the LCL […]

Tyco’s Europe advisers next to face the axe in panel weed-out

After emerging from crippling debts and a very public accounting scandal, Tyco has launched a searing review of its global legal advisers, with European law firms next in line to face the spotlight. So far, the manufacturing conglomerate has taken an axe to its US legal advisers. From a line-up of 25 law firms Tyco […]

Parmalat firms forgo fees after spurning bank claims

Gianni Origoni and Weil Gotshal stick by deal with Bondi not to pursue action against ‘potential clients’ Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and Weil Gotshal & Manges will miss out on millions of pounds in fees after refusing to litigate against investment banks in lawsuits connected to bankrupt Italian dairy group Parmalat. The decision by […]

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